Suburban neighbourhood design: Associations with fear of crime versus perceived crime risk

Foster, S, Knuiman, M, Wood, L and Giles-Corti, B 2013, 'Suburban neighbourhood design: Associations with fear of crime versus perceived crime risk', Journal of Environmental Psychology, vol. 36, pp. 112-117.


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Collection: Journal Articles

Title Suburban neighbourhood design: Associations with fear of crime versus perceived crime risk
Author(s) Foster, S
Knuiman, M
Wood, L
Giles-Corti, B
Year 2013
Journal name Journal of Environmental Psychology
Volume number 36
Start page 112
End page 117
Total pages 6
Publisher Academic Press
Abstract Strategies that reduce fear of crime may contribute to improved health outcomes; however interventions require a better understanding of the neighbourhood correlates of both emotional responses to crime (i.e., fear of crime) and cognitive assessments of crime (i.e., perceived crime risk). This study explored the association between objective measures of suburban design and two safety outcomes: perceived crime risk and fear of crime, for participants who lived in new suburban housing developments in Perth, Western Australia. The characteristics of a walkable neighbourhood, particularly retail land, were associated with less fear of crime, but greater perceived crime risk. One interpretation is that 'strangers', attracted to the neighbourhood by diverse land-uses, might influence the emotional and cognitive aspects of 'fear of crime' differently. Researchers interested in the impact of the built environment on 'fear of crime', and any subsequent influence of these perceptions on health, should be mindful that the environment appears to impact these constructs differently.
Subject Epidemiology
Urban and Regional Planning not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Built environment
Crime
Fear of crime
Perceived risk
Retail
Suburban design
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.jenvp.2013.07.015
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ISSN 0272-4944
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